After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID 19 Pandemic, Thobela FM brought back the ever-popular Thobela FM Gospel Music festival with a bang this past weekend. The event which took place at the cricket fields in Polokwane attracted an audience of more than 10,000.

It was not only a Gospel festival, but a prayer day for families which crossed over into the next day under the theme of “We Are Conquerors”. Gospel fans from across the province attended the praise and worship event. It attracted a record number of attendees who participated with no incident.

SABC Plus, the public broadcaster’s new OTT digital platform also streamed the event live. Expanding the concert’s reach even further to audiences who were unable to physically attend.

Bucy Radebe Thobela FM Gospel Awards
Bucy Radebe Thobela FM Gospel Festival

Performance highlights included sets by Bucy Radebe, Dr. Tumi, Thina Zungu, Psalmist Sefako, Peter Mabula, Omega, Urban Matjila. Sinky Mathe, Dr. Makhwting, Wacha Mkhukhu, Mme Onicca, Luyanda Ramatswi, and many more of the country’s leading gospel artists.


“The return of Thobela FM’s Gospel Music Festival exceeded our expectations. Our listeners came out in numbers to support the festival in a way that we have not seen before,” says Madikana Matjila, Business Manager of the SABC’s Limpopo Combo which also includes Munghana Lonene FM and Phalaphala FM.

People enjoying the Thobela FM Gospel Festival
People enjoying the Thobela FM Gospel Festival

“The Thobela FM brand is committed to ensuring that we provide our listeners with brand experiences that are in line with our values so we can continue to grow and expand in the marketplace. The live stream of the Festival on SABC Plus allowed the Thobela FM brand to be experienced by new audiences. We look forward to doing more of the same in the future”.

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